International Comparison

Several international higher education rankings rate certain Swiss universities among the best in the world.

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An indication of the high quality of Switzerland's higher education providers is their performance in international higher education rankings. These use criteria such as the quality of teaching and research, output, collaboration with society and business, and international activities.

Every year Switzerland’s two federal institutes of technology, the ETHZ (Zurich) and the EPFL (Lausanne), perform extremely well in the most widely watched rankings (Shanghai Jiao Tong, Times World University Ranking, QS World University Ranking, Leiden Ranking). Cantonal universities also perform well in international rankings.

Two thirds of students in further education in Switzerland are enrolled at one of the 200 best universities in the world. This is the highest share of any country.

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